Hold on till Dec. 31, says President

Published : 9:10 am  July 14, 2017 | No comments so far |  |  (327) reads | 

SLFP members move to quit govt.

DM_20170714_A001-2

By Kelum Bandara 

President Maithripala Sirisena is reported to have requested members of his Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) to withhold their decision to quit the government until December 31, this year.

.Minister Perera said he wondered whether there was a hidden agenda between the UNP and the JO to weaken President Maithripala Sirisena’s stature and added that President Sirisena had on many instances said that he would not play to the tune of 
the UNP.

Addressing the SLFP weekly news briefing at the party office yesterday, Minister Perera said it was clearly manifested that the UNP and the JO were working on the same wave length and in cahoots on constitutional reforms and the executive presidency in quite contrast to the position taken by the Maha Sangha.

The SLFP also wants to introduce electoral reforms with reintroduction of the first past the post system.

“We have not forgotten the clashes between President Chandrika Kumaratunga and the 2002 – 2004 UNP government

 

The SLFP Central Committee will revisit the performance of the Yahapalana Government in December 2017 since it came to power in August 2015 and decide the next course of action

 

She was highly embarrassed at the cabinet meetings when UNP members alleged that she had cameras and bombs in her hand bag. Ultimately President Kumaratunga stopped attending cabinet meetings. But President Sirisena has shown  that he was a strong leader,” Minister Perera said.  President Sirisena has successfully addressed the challenges confronted by the ‘Yahapalana Government’ in the last two years like the VAT issue, Uma-Oya protest and SAITM problem diligently and pragmatically single handed. He would not have done this if he played underdog to the UNP, he stressed.

Minister Perera admitted that the UPFA would not have won 95 seats if the election was held soon after the January 15 presidential poll. President Sirisena did not agree to dissolve Parliament though the UNP wanted to dissolve Parliament on January 9 and go for a general election before the euphoria on the Presidential election victory faded away. But President Sirisena opted for a 100 day unity government with the SLFP – UNP alliance and the biggest achievement of the hundred day rule was the introduction of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in 2015 April that paved the way for independent commissions. The UPFA was able to win 95 seats at the August Parliamentary polls.